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Eligibility Requirements

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Eligibility Requirements

All CIR-LRP applicants will be required to participate in research relating to contraception and/or infertility. For purposes of the CIR-LRP, infertility research is defined as research whose long-range objective is to evaluate, treat or ameliorate conditions which result in the failure of couples to either conceive or bear young, and contraception research is defined as research whose ultimate goal is to provide new or improved methods of preventing pregnancy.

General Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for consideration under the CIR-LRP, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States (Click here for more information on providing proof of U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency);

  • Be a qualified health and/or allied health professional including, but not limited to, physicians, Ph.D.-level scientists, nurses and physician assistants, as well as graduate students and postgraduate research fellows training in the health professions;

  • Have total qualifying educational loan debt equal to or in excess of 20 percent of your annual income or compensation ("debt threshold"), as applicable, on the expected date of " program eligibility". Annual income or compensation refers to "institutional base salary," which is the annual amount that the organization pays for the applicant's appointment, whether the time is spent in research, teaching, patient care, or other activities. Base salary excludes any income that an applicant may earn outside the duties of the organization (Click here for more detailed information on salary and compensation). The debt threshold requirement applies to NIH Loan Repayment Program Contracts executed after December 27, 2001; and

  • Be engaged, at the time of participation in the CIR-LRP, in employment/training at an NICHD intramural laboratory or in a qualified domestic non-profit institution (tax-exempt under 26 USC 501).

In order to be considered for selection into the CIR-LRP, applicants meeting the above eligibility requirements must complete and submit the electronic application materials located at, which include:

  • a Loan Verification Form for each loan to be considered for repayment;

  • an institutional statement providing assurance that the applicant will be engaged in employment/training at an NICHD intramural laboratory or in a qualified domestic non-profit institution (tax-exempt under 26 USC 501), for not less than two years from the anticipated effective date of the NIH Loan Repayment Program Contract between the individual and NICHD (this assurance is conducted electronically); and

  • a signed NIH Loan Repayment Program Contract by which the applicant agrees to serve the obligated minimum period of two years conducting contraception and/or infertility research at an NICHD intramural laboratory or in a qualified domestic non-profit institution (tax-exempt under 26 USC 501).

Non-Eligible Individuals

The following individuals are not eligible for participation in the extramural LRPs:

  1. Persons who are not U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

  2. Any individual who has a federal judgment lien against his/her property arising from a federal debt is barred from receiving federal funds even if the judgment is paid in full or satisfied.

  3. Any individual who owes an obligation of health professional service to the federal government, a state, or other entity, unless deferrals or extensions are granted for the length of their Extramural LRP service obligation. The following are examples of programs with service obligations that disqualify an applicant from consideration, unless a deferral for the length of participation in the LRP is obtained:

    • Armed Forces (Army, Navy, or Air Force) Professions Scholarship Program
    • Exceptional Financial Need (EFN) Scholarship Program
    • Financial Assistance for Disadvantaged Health Professions Students (FADHPS)
    • Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship Program
    • National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program
    • National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)
    • Physicians Shortage Area Scholarship Program
    • Primary Care Loan (PCL) Program
    • Public Health Service (PHS) Scholarship Program
    • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Program

  4. Individuals who are employed by the federal government with work schedules of more than 20 hours per week (5/8ths time or more).

  5. Individuals who derive any income from any for-profit source or from a private practice.

  6. Current recipients of an NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) or Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA).

  7. Individuals conducting research for which funding is precluded by federal law, regulations or HHS/NIH policy, or that does not comply with applicable federal, state, and local law regarding the conduct of the research (e.g., applicable human subject protection regulations).

  8. Individuals with ineligible loans, which include loans that have been consolidated with a loan of another individual (including spouses or children), or loans that are not educational, such as home equity loans.

  9. Individuals who breached a prior LRP contract.

  10. Individuals whose prior LRP contract had been overpaid, were required to remit funds to NIH to resolve the overpayment, but still owe these funds.

  11. Individuals who terminated a prior LRP contract that would have ended after the starting date of the contracts in the current application cycle.

Date Last Updated: March 19, 2012

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